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24th May '16 1:28:32 AM That897Guy
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* If one does a PacifistRun in VideoGame/{{Undertale}} after having previously done a [[KillEmAll Genocide run]], the ending will acknowledge the fact that the player has already dirtied their hands and so must effectively be the "did it because they were bored" variant of this trope.
** To parallel this is the fact that [[spoiler: upon discovering his SAVE ability, Flowey first used this power to solve everyone's problems and become friends with everyone, just as the player likely did before reaching the point where this is revealed. Flowey describes these activities and the friendship of the monsters as "amusing... for a while."]]
16th May '16 1:37:32 PM DreamerCynist2
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* The protagonists of the ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' series are vengeful [[HumanoidAbomination shapeshifting monsters]] whose primary goals are revenge. They do save the city of Manhattan from the villains of their respective games, but both Alex Mercer and James Heller acknowledge that they are not particularly morally upstanding people.

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* The protagonists of the ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' series are vengeful [[HumanoidAbomination shapeshifting monsters]] whose primary goals are revenge. They do save the city of Manhattan from the villains of their respective games, games and genuinely care about those closet to them, but both Alex Mercer and James Heller acknowledge that they are not particularly morally upstanding people.
9th May '16 2:40:18 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Sentinel Prime from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is technically on the side of the good guys, being a member of the high-ranked Autobot Elite Guard, but is a pompous, arrogant, incompetent GloryHound JerkAss with [[FantasticRacism a truly appalling level of anti-organic bigotry]]. He hates the Decepticons, but that's about the only thing "heroic" about him. He manages to get even ''worse'' as we learn more about him, and discover the reason for his hatred for [[NiceGuy Optimus Prime]]: [[spoiler: way back when they were both cadets together, they had a female friend, Elita-1, until one day Sentinel and Elita-1 talked Optimus into making a trip to a forbidden, organic-inhabited planet to search for the wreck of a Decepticon battleship and retrieve its lost stockpile of Energon. Despite the fact that, as he repeatedly pointed out, this was both illegal and highly dangerous, Optimus eventually went along, mostly to keep them out of trouble. As expected, things went disastrously wrong when they were attacked by a colony of {{Giant Spider}]s and the Energon stockpile blew up; Optimus managed to drag Sentinel to safety, but Elita-1 was presumably killed. This got them both courtmartialed, but because Optimus took all the blame, only he was expelled from the Elite Guard Academy. Sentinel [[NeverMyFault never admitted he was the one who led them to the planet, nor stopped blaming Optimus for Elita-1's death]]. And just when you think he couldn't get worse, when he finally meets Blackarachnia, the transmutated Elita-1, he is so disgusted by her technorganic state that he outright tells her that she should have ''killed herself'' rather than living like this, making Blackarachnia, herself no fan of her state, protest that it's not ''that'' bad. He truly cements his JerkWithAHeartOfJerk status when he promptly attacks her and tries to kill her himself!]]
2nd May '16 5:16:39 PM supergod
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* Gamers ''themselves'' are almost always this in the [[{{Meta}} Meta-sense]]. 99% of the time the only reason any gamer is willing to do a sidequest in a game is because there is some form of reward like [[DiskOneNuke a better weapon]] or a [[AndYourRewardIsClothes new costume]] that can only be acquired by doing it.
18th Apr '16 12:12:42 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has [[spoiler:Severus Snape]]. He works as a ReverseMole for the good guys to avenge [[spoiler:Lily Evans Potter's]] death - but that's pretty much all he cares about. He treats virtually everyone, except Dumbledore, like crap.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has [[spoiler:Severus Snape]]. Snape.]] He works as a ReverseMole for the good guys to avenge [[spoiler:Lily Evans Potter's]] death - but that's pretty much all he cares about. He treats virtually everyone, except Dumbledore, like crap.
9th Mar '16 10:57:57 PM Carnel
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* Gensoukyou, the setting of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games, is ''run'' by these. [[{{Miko}} Reimu Hakurei]] is, at best, motivated by a desire for her life to be predictable mixed with not wanting it to be too boring, either, and is at worst solely motivated by the [[{{Greed}} possibility of getting donations]] and being a SlaveToPR. [[CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame]] is one part motivated by the prospect of [[KleptomaniacHero getting to loot]] [[StickyFingers magical artifacts]] from the villain's lair, one part the opportunity to upstage [[TheRival Reimu]] and one part [[BloodKnight getting to kick someone in the teeth]]. [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] is more interested in alleviating her own boredom and maintaining her power than actually fixing Gensoukyou's problems (and she's not the harmless kind of vampire, either). [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Sanae Kochiya]] is interested in spreading the worship of and gathering faith for her ancestor-goddesses. [[HalfHumanHybrid Youmu Konpaku]] fights because [[MyMasterRightOrWrong her mistress says so]], as does Remilia's maid Sakuya Izayoi. And [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] is the {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch who founded Gensoukyou as a FantasticNatureReserve and everything she does is to further the survival of {{youkai}}, up to and including striking up deals with the humans that favor ''them'', because she knows that if humans become content and don't feel as threatened by youkai, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they'll lose their edge and become easier prey]].

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* Gensoukyou, Gensokyo, the setting of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games, is ''run'' by these. [[{{Miko}} Reimu Hakurei]] is, at best, motivated by a desire for her life to be predictable mixed with not wanting it to be too boring, either, and is at worst solely motivated by the [[{{Greed}} possibility of getting donations]] and being a SlaveToPR. [[CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame]] is one part motivated by the prospect of [[KleptomaniacHero getting to loot]] [[StickyFingers magical artifacts]] from the villain's lair, one part the opportunity to upstage [[TheRival Reimu]] and one part [[BloodKnight getting to kick someone in the teeth]]. [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] is more interested in alleviating her own boredom and maintaining her power than actually fixing Gensoukyou's problems (and she's not the harmless kind of vampire, either). [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Sanae Kochiya]] is interested in spreading the worship of and gathering faith for her ancestor-goddesses. [[HalfHumanHybrid Youmu Konpaku]] fights because [[MyMasterRightOrWrong her mistress says so]], as does Remilia's maid Sakuya Izayoi. Izayoi, who is also implied to have done [[DarkSecret something ''really'' nasty in the past]]. And [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] is the {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch who founded Gensoukyou as a FantasticNatureReserve and everything she does is to further the survival of {{youkai}}, up to and including striking up deals with the humans that favor ''them'', because she knows that if humans become content and don't feel as threatened by youkai, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they'll lose their edge and become easier prey]].prey]].
**Subverted with the first later on in that as [[CharacterDevelopment Reimu matures]], she does later missions out of a sense of duty, even if she's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold reluctant to admit it]]. Unfortunately, this places her to be manipulated by the above Yukari and has at least once led to her accidentally contributing to an invasion of the moon.



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26th Feb '16 2:00:32 PM MiinU
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* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': Melissa was introduced as [[AlphaBitch an antagonist]], back when she first appeared in ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', but was eventually given her own SpinOff series which was meant to reform her -- ''[[BeingGoodSucks against her will.]]'' The comic stuck her with a sentient wand [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/stupid_magick_stick that acted as her conscience]] and Tiffany as her [[ObiWannabe self-appointed instructor.]] Except Melissa couldn't care less and remained as [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/this_is_why_you_bother_me self-centered]] and [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/all_in_favor petty]] as before - despite occasional moments of heroism.

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* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': Melissa was introduced as [[AlphaBitch an antagonist]], back when she first appeared in ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', but was eventually given her own SpinOff series which was meant to reform her -- ''[[BeingGoodSucks against her will.]]'' The comic stuck her with a sentient wand [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/stupid_magick_stick that acted as her conscience]] and Tiffany as her [[ObiWannabe [[TheObiWannabe self-appointed instructor.]] Except Melissa couldn't care less and remained as [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/this_is_why_you_bother_me self-centered]] and [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/all_in_favor petty]] as before - despite occasional moments of heroism.
26th Feb '16 1:58:19 PM MiinU
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*''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': Melissa was introduced as [[AlphaBitch an antagonist]], back when she first appeared in ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', but was eventually given her own SpinOff series which was meant to reform her -- ''[[BeingGoodSucks against her will.]]'' The comic stuck her with a sentient wand [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/stupid_magick_stick that acted as her conscience]] and Tiffany as her [[ObiWannabe self-appointed instructor.]] Except Melissa couldn't care less and remained as [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/this_is_why_you_bother_me self-centered]] and [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/all_in_favor petty]] as before - despite occasional moments of heroism.
21st Feb '16 5:47:22 AM ading
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%%* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''
%%-->'''Rocket Raccoon''': Why would ''YOU'' wanna save the galaxy?!\\
%%'''Peter Quill''': Because ''I'm'' one of the idiots who ''lives'' in it!

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%%* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''
%%-->'''Rocket
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': All of the Guardians have some kind of criminal past, and even TokenGoodTeammate Groot has apparently spent some time kidnapping and/or impaling people for money as Rocket's accomplice. They're interested in stopping [[BigBad Ronan]] either to save themselves or to get revenge on him for wronging them in the past.
-->'''Rocket
Raccoon''': Why would ''YOU'' wanna save the galaxy?!\\
%%'''Peter '''Peter Quill''': Because ''I'm'' one of the idiots who ''lives'' in it!
17th Feb '16 3:23:29 PM DarkGidora
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* Lara Croft in the Playstation ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series is an archaeologist that is willing to kill anyone who stands in her way and destroy priceless objects as long as she can collect the fabled artifacts she had researched on. The only reason Lara can be considered "good" is because she's usually trying to get to the artifacts with power before the villains do so that they can't abuse them. If Lara does manage to work with someone, she only helps them as long as it helps her reach her goal. By ''Chronicles'' and ''Angel of Darkness'', Lara becomes a total bitch to everyone. The Crystal Dynamics reboot scales Lara's jerkass attitude back and she'll kill people only if they are a threat to her.

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* Lara Croft in the Playstation ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series is an archaeologist that is willing to kill anyone who stands in her way and destroy priceless objects as long as she can collect the fabled artifacts she had researched on. The only reason Lara can be considered "good" is because she's usually trying to get to the artifacts with power before the villains do so that they can't abuse them. If Lara does manage to work with someone, she only helps them as long as it helps her reach her goal. By ''Chronicles'' and ''Angel of Darkness'', Lara becomes a total bitch to everyone. The Crystal Dynamics reboots scale her back a bit. In the first reboot scales ([[VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend ''Legend'']], ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderAnniversary Anniversary]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld Underworld]]'') Lara's jerkass attitude back motivations are more personal, and she'll kill in ''Anniversary'' she shows scruples against killing other people only if (while she seems to have given them up in ''Legend'' and ''Underworld'', ''Legend'' at least introduces the mooks by having Lara overhear a conversation where they discuss their orders to kill her on sight). The second [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 reboot]] features a [[ActionSurvivor younger, less experienced Lara trying desperately to survive]].
* The protagonists of the ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' series are vengeful [[HumanoidAbomination shapeshifting monsters]] whose primary goals are revenge. They do save the city of Manhattan from the villains of their respective games, but both Alex Mercer and James Heller acknowledge that
they are a threat to her.not particularly morally upstanding people.
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